Now that Alvarez is suspended, Golovkin will now face Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
But the Mexican star pulled out of the highly anticipated bout after failing two drug tests in February, forcing Golovkin's team to scramble to find a replacement opponent.
Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin seem to be headed to a delayed rematch of their September 2017 fight. Since Alvarez had to drop out of the fight, Golovkin will take on Vanes Martirosyan instead.
Alvarez first tested positive for clenbuterol on February 17, and his six-month suspension is retroactive to that date, meaning he can fight again on August 17 at the earliest.
"Alvarez admits that the presence of clenbuterol in his urinalyses samples constitutes a violation of the commission's anti-doping regulations, regardless of whether or not he intentionally, knowingly, or negligently ingested the prohibited substance". "The Nevada commissioners agreed to it Wednesday". The standard recommended suspension of one year was lessened because of Alvarez's cooperation with authorities.
"Although most professional sports, worldwide anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not".
As part of Alvarez's suspension, he must pay for and provide NAC with negative test results, both in and out of competition, during intervals of 21, 15 and three days before his next fight in Nevada. They announced his next bout will take place on September 15, Mexican independence weekend, and it is believed this will likely be the rescheduled Gennady Golovkin rematch.